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1st Chess.com Master Marathon!

  • SonofPearl
  • on 1/10/12, 11:39 AM.

From the Webmaster!

Yes, indeed! ALL members are invited to join us Wednesday morning (10 am Pacific) for the ultimate showdown: a thrilling non-stop marathon of bullet-chess stamina!

Blunders will certainly NOT be "pardoned" as our two sometimes-friendly Directors of Content, International Masters David Pruess & Daniel Rensch go head-to-head for three dizzying hours of lightning-fast chess with a $1000 prize on the line!

 

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Observe their games in real time on the Live Chess server, with up-to-the-second info on how many games each player has won so far!!

At the same time, see the stress on their faces and hear all the banter on Chess.comTV!

Rumor even has it that live-chess/Support celebrity KOHAI will be on hand to ensure everything remains fair - and to break up any physical altercations between our two spirited combatants!

Don't miss this one, folks! It's going to be an amazing show!!

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  • 3 years ago

    Arch-Man

    Daniel Rensch

  • 3 years ago

    PhilipN

    I hadn't read these posts when I stopped in about 50 games into the match...now I understand why someone was something-point-five points ahead.

    Someone at Chess.com had a sense of humor:)

  • 3 years ago

    bigbikefan

    At $180+/hr this is nothing to sneeze at for most people, and it doesn't matter, whether it's a regular ("proper"?) game, or a bunch of blitz games, or a gazillion of "bullets"...

  • 3 years ago

    SonofPearl

    The match has started! Cool

  • 3 years ago

    GM Shankland

    It's half an hour before the match, and I shall now make my prediction:

    David shall eke out Danny by a 4 game margin after 3 grueling hours of play that will go all the way down to the wire, producing exactly 97 games.

  • 3 years ago

    Shazomei

    @FMKaydenTroff

    I'm not entirely sure that it's not an impossibility... unless the programmers have detected some bad code and put it right or it is indeed intentional. I know in some of the matches I've watched, some players have taken a 0.5 point lead in a match; maybe if there's a draw due to insufficient material that would otherwise be a loss on time?...

  • 3 years ago

    GM KaydenTroff

    @Shazomei

    Interesting comment, but one thing I would like to point out is that your example of someone getting a +1.5 lead is impossible as they are playing each other.  The only way to get 1.5 is to draw a game, but if one gets a draw the other one does also so +.5 can't quite happen.  But your other logic I would guess depends on what they want, like if they want the money, or if they just want to make it a good show, or if they want to stick to Chess Respect and resign when they are losing.

  • 3 years ago

    pattrik

    :D this is goingto be good.

  • 3 years ago

    Shazomei

    I'm curious on match strategy too. For example, if one player gets (for example) a 5 win lead with only 20 minutes to go, will they make the other player on course for a redeeming victory play the game out to checkmate to draw out time?

    More curiously, does it benefit the player with a lead at any point to make the other play the game out to checkmate? (with it being 1_1 time controls, there is potential to win every game with a significant material advantage and to not lose on time - but that doesn't stop the players of finding delays within the overall match time)

    I would probably hazard a guess that this strategy only becomes psychologically useful if one of the players can gain a 1.5+ point lead. Once you get that kind of a lead, you want to be thinking about winning the match and drawing it out, because even with a loss, you remain a clear 0.5+ points ahead...

    Anyone want to proffer any other potential match strategies or psychological strategies? :)

  • 3 years ago

    ChessMarkstheSpot

       90 minutes away folks!  Get ready for some chaos. I have Chessbase 11 ready to start some organization and my post-event wrap-up blog and the entire match will be uploaded to the Database of Games section here on Chess.com.

       -Mark

  • 3 years ago

    SonofPearl

  • 3 years ago

    Gm_andrewfeng

    is it today?wednesday 11th 2012?

  • 3 years ago

    kohai

    Hahaha, yeah I'm here in America with the guys and will be around when they play later this morning.

  • 3 years ago

    GM KaydenTroff

    Can I call winner!?

  • 3 years ago

    Shazomei

    I think the big G will win this one. He's had an excellent performance at the North California International, and despite them not getting paired at the tournament so David could claim his first psychological victory like he claimed he would in Pardon Our Blunders; I have to admit, I've not seen news about David playing anywhere recently (outside of Fremont); and he's not been submitting content for video lectures for some time. For whatever reason, I don't think he's been keeping up with his theory and study as much as Danny in recent weeks, and I think he's less prepared for it. I wouldn't be surprised if Danny has been doing some King's Gambit preparation as well. :P

    (On a side note: does anyone know if 6/9 would've been good enough for a GM norm for Danny, if the tournament didn't have the problem they had with the foreign players rule?)

  • 3 years ago

    NostalgicComplex

    This'll be close.

  • 3 years ago

    drumdaddy

    Pruess will win it in a walk. It won't be close.

  • 3 years ago

    ChessMarkstheSpot

       The replay will be available in the On-Demand section, but that's open to Platinum/Diamond members only though. Undecided

       -Mark

  • 3 years ago

    Wants2improve

    I hope they make a video available to all of us too.  I would have scheduled to work this weekend instead of today if I had known about it earlier.  I'll be working until 9 p.m. Pacific.  Well, have fun!

  • 3 years ago

    xiko92

    It would be fantastic if someone make a video of the show, to the people that can't watch it! Just do it!

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